Taslima Akter

CIFellow Postdoctoral Researcher
Univeristy of California Irvine
PhD in Computer Science, Indiana University Bloomington
HCI, Usable Security & Privacy, Accessibility

About Me

I am a CIFellow Postdoctoral researcher in the department of Informatics at Univerity of California Irvine. My work is supported by 2021 National Science Foundation/ Computing Research Association, Computing Innovation Fellowship. I am mentored by Dr. Anne Marie Piper. I received my PhD in Computer Science from the School of Informatics, Computing, and Engineering (SICE) at Indiana University, Bloomington. I was advised by Professor Apu Kapadia at Privacy Lab during my PhD. I have completed my undergraduate from the Department of Computer Science and Engineering in Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET). In Fall 2018, I have done internship at Microsoft Research India to explore the shared privacy concerns of visually impaired people and bystanders in the context of camera-based assistive technologies.

My current research interest lies in the field of usable privacy and security in the context of assistive technologies; in particular I am excited about understanding and designing systems that can address privacy challenges faced by people with visual impairments while using existing and emerging assistive technologies. During my undergraduate studies, I worked on visual sensor network, wireless network, and mobile computing.

Recent News

June 2022: Started Postdoc at University of California Irvine.
May 2022: Completed PhD in Computer Science from Indiana University.
January 2022: Published paper in TACCESS 2022.
Oct 2020: Presenting paper on shared privacy concens of visually impaired people and bystanders at ASSETS, 2020.
Oct 2020: Attended Doctoral Consortium and presented poster at CSCW 2020.
Aug 2020: Organizing Workshop on Inclusive Privacy and Security (WIPS) at SOUPS, 2020.
Feb 2020: My doctoral dissertation received Google Faculty Research Award.
Oct 2019: Attended doctoral consortium at ASSETS 2019.
Oct 2019: Presented poster at Grace Hopper Conference 2019.
Aug 2019: Presented poster at SOUPS 2019.
May 2019: Received travel grant to attend CRA-W Grad Cohort workshop 2019.
Sep 2018: Started my fall internship at Microsoft Research India.
Apr 2018: Presented poster at Midwest Security Workshop (MSW) 2018.
Oct 2017: Awarded Grace Hopper Student Scholarship.

Research

Concerns regarding Bystander Privacy

Understanding the shared privacy concerns of visually impaired and bystanders in the use of camera-based assistive technologies.
Method: Online survey, Interview

Privacy Concerns of Visually Impaired

Investigated unintended information disclosing preference of visually impaired in the context of camera-based assistive technologies.
Method: Online survey, Interview

Roles of ICTs on ROTC students

Explored the transition disclosure practices of Reserve Officers Training Corps (ROTC) students from individualistic to military culture.
Method: Interview, Qualitative analysis

MCMS in Visual Sensor Networks

Proposed a novel heuristic to give near optimal solution to Maximum Coverage with Minimum Sensors (MCMS) problem of Visual Sensor Networks that outperforms other state-of-the-art algorithms.

Selecting Best Target Netowrk using MOVH

Developed multi-objective vertical hand-off (MOVH) approach in heterogeneous wireless networks to select the best target network among the existing networks using multi-objective genetic algorithm.

Publications

Refereed Journal and Conference Papers

Imtiaz Ahmad, Taslima Akter, Zachary Buher, Rosta Farzan, Apu Kapadia, and Adam J. Lee, Tangible Privacy for Smart Voice Assistants: Measuring Users’ Attitudes Towards User-Centric Sensor Designs. To appear in Proceedings of the ACM Journal: Computer Supported Cooperative Work and Social Computing (CSCW ‘22).


Taslima Akter, Tousif Ahmed, Apu Kapadia, and Manohar Swaminathan, Shared Privacy Concerns of the Visually Impaired and Sighted Bystanders with Camera Based Assistive Technologies. ACM Transactions on Accessible Computing (TACCESS '22).


Taslima Akter, Privacy Considerations of the Visually Impaired with Camera Based Assistive Tools. CSCW '20 Companion : Conference Companion Publication of the 2020 on Computer Supported Cooperative Work and Social Computing, October 2020.


Taslima Akter, Tousif Ahmed, Apu Kapadia, and Manohar Swaminathan, Privacy Considerations of the Visually Impaired with Camera Based Assistive Technologies: Misrepresentation, Impropriety, and Fairness. In The 22nd International ACM SIGACCESS Conference on Computers and Accessibility (ASSETS '20), Athens, Greece, October 2020.


Taslima Akter, Bryan Dosono, Tousif Ahmed, Apu Kapadia, and Bryan Semaan, "I am uncomfortable sharing what I can't see": Privacy Concerns of the Visually Impaired with Camera Based Assistive Applications. In the Proceedings of 29th USENIX Security Symposium (USENIX Security '20), Boston, USA, August 2020.


Bryan Dosono, Yasmeen Rashidi, Taslima Akter, Bryan Semaan, and Apu Kapadia, Challenges in Transitioning from Civil to Military Culture: Hyper-Selective Disclosure through ICTs. Proceedings of the ACM Journal: Human-Computer Interaction: Computer Supported Cooperative Work and Social Computing (PACM '17/CSCW '18), Vol. 1, No. 2, Article 41, 2017.


Hafsa Zannat, Taslima Akter, Mashrura Tasnim, and Ashikur Rahman, The coverage problem in visual sensor networks: A target oriented approach. Journal of Network and Computer Applications, Vol 75 (2016): 1-15.


Novia Nurain, Taslima Akter, Hafsa Zannat, Most. Monira Akter, A. B. M. Alim Al Islam and Md. Humayun Kabir, General-Purpose Multi-Objective Vertical Hand-off Mechanism Exploiting Network Dynamics. IEEE International Conference on Wireless and Mobile Computing, Networking and Communications (WiMob), 2015, Abu Dhabi, UAE.



Workshop Papers and Posters

Taslima Akter, Bryan Dosono, Tousif Ahmed, Apu Kapadia, and Bryan Semaan, AI vs Human Intelligence: Privacy Implications of Assistive Tools for Visually Impaired People. Grace Hopper Conference (GHC), 2019.


Taslima Akter, Bryan Dosono, Tousif Ahmed, Apu Kapadia, and Bryan Semaan, Privacy Implications of Assistive Tools for Visually Impaired People. Symposium On Usable Privacy and Security (SOUPS), 2019.


Taslima Akter, Bryan Dosono, Tousif Ahmed, Apu Kapadia, and Bryan Semaan, Privacy Implications of Artificial and Human Intelligence Assistive Tools for Visually Impaired People. AI-HCI, CHI, 2019.


Taslima Akter, Bryan Dosono, Tousif Ahmed, Apu Kapadia, and Bryan Semaan, Privacy Concerns of People with Visual Impairments while Using Camera-based Assistive Technologies. CRA-W Grad Cohort workshop, 2019.


Taslima Akter, Bryan Dosono, Yasmeen Rashidi, Bryan Semaan, and Apu Kapadia, Challenges in Transitioning from Civil to Military Culture: Hyper-Selective Disclosure through ICTs. Midwest Security Workshop (MSW), 2018.


Taslima Akter, Tousif Ahmed, Kay Connelly, David Crandall, and Apu Kapadia, Privacy Risks of Using Camera Assisted Tools for People with Visual Impairments. The Bright and Dark Sides of Computer Vision: Challenges and Opportunities for Privacy and Security (CV-COPS), 2017, Hawaii, USA.


Hafsa Zannat, Monira Akter, Taslima Akter and A. B. M. Alim Al Islam, MOVH: General Purpose Multi-Objective Vertical Hand-off Mechanism with Higher Scalability and Higher Stability. Workshop on Mobile Computing and Human-Computer Interaction (MoHCI), 2014, Dhaka, Bangladesh.

Contact

Taslima Akter

700 N Woodlawn Ave

Bloomington, Indiana, 47408

Email: takter@iu.edu

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